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Learning from Education in Europe
Start date: Jun 1, 2016, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Woodland View Primary School are a two-form entry school with 420 children on roll and 64 members of staff. We are a passionate school who and we are constantly looking for ways to improve the teaching and learning as well as aiming to provide exciting experiences for both staff and children. This, along with our current development of global learning, has fueled our application and motivation to apply for European courses. Through various staff meetings and evaluation of school practices and data, we have identified a few areas of development which we feel would be improved through attendance at structured training courses in Europe.Therefore our project objectives are:1Enhance teaching and learning skills through development of creative methods that meet the needs of all children2. Develop Sen provision3. Enhance the teaching and learning of ICT4. Enhance the teaching and learning of MathsThe structure training courses will be attended by a total of 12 teaching and non-teaching staff who will be selected upon their role, experience, motivation to enhance practice and make change to improve provision meets our needs; for example, the courses in Finland and Sweden use methodologies such as observing practice and networking with local teachers. This will help to benefit our staff and school through adapting our own current practice and provide potential opportunities to form European links. The teaching and learning of maths course in Belgium also gives a chance for staff members to reflect on their own practice and observe practice and approaches in a different country. Due to the increasing importance of a strong Special Education department, the course based in Iceland seems ideal to help develop our own department. The course allows a chance for observations and to exchange views with other practitioners which has been another influential reason of choosing this course. Another area we identified for improvement was effective use of ICT throughout the school. This is why we chose the ICT Enhanced Classroom course in Spain which allows participants to observe good use of ICT as well as develop enhanced ICT skills which helps to engage learners and increase the confidence of teaching staff. Similarly, the second Spanish course enhancing teaching and learning through effective use of teaching assistants will help achieve our overall objective of improving teaching and learning across the school. Attendance at such course will generate the follwoing outcomes:enhanced teaching and learningraised staff competencies in teaching of mathsincreased knowledge about systems across Europeenhanced knowledge about cultural diversityenhanced and creative methods to use ICT in the classroomenhanced provision for special needsestablished links with schools in Europeenhance our ability to work within a European contextAll the courses outlined will be effective in increasing staff member's confidence in that subject area and in turn this will be reflected in their own teaching. This will mean that the children they are teaching will receive more specialist teaching. Additionally, the participants on the course will be able to share their knowledge with all of the staff members and all of the pupils through a variety of means, including; staff meetings, staff conferences, assemblies, display boards and discussions. The results and impacts of the courses can also be shared on the school website and sharing App where parents and others outside the consortium can share the European experience. As all the courses will allow participants to network with local teachers, it provides opportunity to create links with European schools. This can benefit the school and can help to develop an extra European dimension to the school as well as providing a great experience for pupils. The longer term benefits of participating in the courses include creating specialist teachers that have up to date knowledge of a subject area. They will also be able to guide other teachers and influence those that they are working closely with. Areas of the curriculum and school approaches will be changed or adapted which could also have a long term benefit on motivation of staff and learners as well as improving school data. Additionally, the school can develop and build on their European dimension and use their European links to begin new projects.
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